Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review of Our Bridal Shop by Danielle Blair

Welcome to the review tour for Our Bridal Shop by Danielle Blair. I loved this unique women's fiction story of love, renewal, and acceptance. Please read on for my full thoughts and an excerpt. Then check out what other people had to say as you follow the tour. You can leave comments and questions for the author along the way and enter the giveaway.

Our Bridal Shop

Every family has its secrets, and the March family is no exception.

For the March sisters, Match Made in Devon, the bridal shop opened and run by their parents, was a real-world representation of what true love was all about. But for eldest sister Alexandra that kind of perfection has always seemed unreachable.

Alex has spent over fifteen years in Boston, building up an impenetrable shell of confidence and taking control over her own destiny. If there’s anything missing from her life, it isn’t important anyway. But with her mother’s unexpected death Alex is forced to leave her life in the big city behind and return to her hometown of Devon…and a past she’s been running from for years.

As the March sisters try to salvage the bridal shop their parents loved, Alex is forced to confront her painful past and the real reason she left Devon so many years ago…including childhood sweetheart Jonah Dufort.

Read an excerpt:
Alex’s entire body went cold; a naked, exposed kind of cold, though she was firmly planted in Clement Grant’s stylized version of purgatory, her feet stretching roots into his patterned rug. Big Auntie’s photo blurred. At the window, Daddy turned away.

“She wanted you three to become acquainted,” Grant offered lamely, to fill the room with something, anything.

Blood vessels at Alex’s eardrum magnified her pulse. She pressed the heels of her palms to her forehead to counter the pressure building behind her skull.

“After she was gone.” Perfect.

“I believe the letters should explain.”

Explain how a man could leave his wife, his two young daughters on an iron balcony in mid-November, and bed another woman?

Alex looked at the window. Elias March was gone.

She stood, stormed the window, to breathe where he had lingered, to understand. White stars veiled her vision—flakes beyond the panes of glass or a by-product of the heaviness between her ears—she couldn’t be sure. Alex wanted to yank at bulky book bindings, send them tumbling off the shelves onto Clement Grant and the letters and this perfect woman who seemed an absolute glacier in the face of news that threatened to bury Alex. As fast as the temptation took hold and the vision stretched to its satisfying but imperfect conclusion, the pain in Alex’s head subsided. The first rule of solving the unsolvable was to have a plan. All pieces showing. Know what you have.

Alex turned to the woman. “Where are you from?”

“Georgia. Saint Simmons Island.”

“Who is your mother?”

Freesia looked at Grant. “Do I have to answer?”

Grant stood, hands spread as if to catch himself, the situation, from tumbling headlong into something messy.

“Alex, the letter…” Charlotte’s turn at dialing back everything.

“Screw the letter, Charlotte. I want to hear it from her.”

Freesia gathered up her bag, fit it cross-ways along her long torso, and aimed for the door. Even in exit, she moved scripted, magnificent.

“Alex! What’s gotten into you?”

“Tell her, Miss Day. Tell her because she doesn’t get it. Grief clouds her some days so much she can’t see what’s in front of her.” Alex was shouting now, her words punctuated by the open office door kicking back against the wall, the tearing of paper as Charlotte ripped into her envelope. “Tell her this out de way circumstance. How Daddy drove his truck away and forgot us all.”

Freesia stopped in the next room, a waiting room filled with gurgling fountains and liquid jazz designed to make people feel better about their lives falling apart in the eyes of the law. She turned in profile. Her chin trembled.

“Tell her…” Alex pleaded, her voice quieter now.

Charlotte looked up from her letter. Soundlessly, she navigated chairs pushed back in chaos, Alex’s flawed stance. Charlotte’s sensible shoes squeaked damp against the waiting room tile. Alex’s baby sister, ill-prepared for what the world outside Devon brought her, pulled Freesia Day into the warmest of summer-like embraces, her letter from Daddy loose and forgotten in her hand.

“You’re our sister.”

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**My thoughts**
Welcome to Devon, home of Match Made in Devon, the bridal shop that defines the lives of the March sisters. Now it belongs to them, as both of their parents are gone. Their inheritance brings about some major family secrets, major life decisions, and takes them on a journey that they never saw coming.

For Alex, it is the hardest in a lot of ways. She demands perfection in her life. She wants order in the chaos. Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way. She is thrown curve ball after curve ball, rocking her to her core, as she tries to come to terms with secrets she is just discovering, as well as those that she has tried to keep buried as she relies on her Bullet Journal to keep herself organized and on track in life, being a super power of sorts in the corporate world in Boston. Those curve balls are even harder to deal with after you lose both of your parents. I really related to that aspect of this character, being in the midst of having life throw curve balls in my direction within this first year after becoming an adult orphan.

The bulk of the story is told from Alex's point of view. A couple of chapters are looked at from Charlotte's point of view and then from Freesia's point of view. Charlotte is the sister who grew up with Alex. She is the one who stayed in Devon and lived the traditional life, marrying young and having a family right away and helping their mom with the store. She wants to hold onto the store, because it is a piece of her. But she, too, is trying to figure out a few things in life.

And then we have Freesia popping in here and there. She is the new sister, the one who is trying to find herself now that she knows the full truth about herself. She's trying to fit into a new town and a new way of life as she tries to get to know her newfound family. She is charismatic and a bit of a free spirit, making her different from her sisters. But that quest for truth definitely makes her one of them.

As I said, we focus the most on Alex's journey in this book. Her career is falling apart. Her marriage has already been on the rocks for quite some time. Coming home has opened up some old wounds, as she is thrust in the path of Jonah, the one man she ever truly loved. She doesn't deal well with emotions and blocks on her perceived perfect path. And that is the journey that she must take. She must learn the truth about her parents and her family and find a way to forgive them for their reality. She has to learn how to forgive herself to move on from her past in Devon. She has to learn to let go of perfection, to take life as it comes and try to deal with it in real terms. And she does come a long way, but you know she still has a ways to go. I really understood Alex and feel like I was able to take something from her journey to cogitate on in my own life.

Charlotte and Freesia definitely have stories to tell. This book is just an introduction to them, to give us a sense of their personal struggles and who they are. I have a feeling that we will get their stories relatively soon and I look forward to going on their journeys with them. More life lessons are there to be learned and experienced. I think a lot of women should be able to relate to different aspects of these women's lives.

I also liked the more unique setting and story in this book. While I love my magical bridal shops and contemporary romance stories that help you to escape reality, I also really enjoyed the more realistic feel of this one. Yes, there is still an element of escape as you enter the lives of these other women. And then there is the intrigue of the mementos left behind in the upstairs that tell the stories of the brides who have gone before. It was just classic small town charm and I really wanted to find this town and see this store for myself. I love quirky places and quirky people.

And a final shout-out has to go to Jonah's daughter, whom he calls Ibby. The child is extremely precocious and wise for her young age. She is able to teach adults as much as they can teach her. I would have loved to have had her in my class while I was teaching and would even enjoy her company otherwise. I feel like in about 10 to 15 years (as far as the story setting goes), she will also have a great story to tell.

So yes, I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it. 

I also did get a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which in no way swayed my opinions.

About Danielle Blair

Danielle Blair escaped the slog of her former accounting job to instead pursue writing women’s fiction. She pens empowering stories about women, for women, that focus on a woman’s unique journey to find her place in the modern world.

But this wasn’t always the case. Following a messy divorce, Danielle took to reading and writing to help sort out the whirlwind of emotions she was dealing with. What started as a coping mechanism turned into a passion and in 2017 she transitioned to writing full time. Along the winding journey to authorship she also met and married her current husband, who is the love of her life.

She writes her books with the help of her two sisters—Jennifer helps to plot out the stories, while Linda is the beady eye behind the editing of them. Since setting up the tire swing in their back yard together as kids, they’ve always worked better as a team—so why not write a book together?

She is the mother of two handsome adult sons, and three dogs that act like children (but she loves them anyway). When not lost writing her next book, Danielle can be found outside digging in the dirt, trying to coax her husband to just try yoga once, and cooking meals that may or may not end up burned every once and a while.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SA Cosby, author of My Darkest Prayer, on Character Creation

Character creation is an art. When the character pops into the author's head, it's like a seed that needs to be grown and nurtured and molded into the final product that you see on the pages. Today, SA Cosby is telling us about the creation of his character Nathan in My Darkest Prayer. There's also an excerpt for you to check out and then a great giveaway to enter. Be sure to follow the tour and also leave comments and questions for the author along the way.

Character Creation

The books that I like the most, that resonate with me have three major components. A strong plot. A great setting. Great characters. Of these things i think Character is first among equals. If you don’t have strong characters then your reader will have no one to whom they can relate. A strong character is less an avatar and more a guide for your readers. In my noir crime novel“MY DARKEST PRAYER” my main character and protagonist is Nathan Waymaker. Nathan is an amalgamation of several different character traits and a few people I’ve met in my life. Nathan is biracial man living in a small southern town called Queen County. He is a former marine and ex-sheriff’s deputy. He quit the force in response to the Sheriff’s dept. Not investigating the death of his parents in a road rage incident. Nathan works for his maternal cousin at the cousin’s funeral home. He moonlights as an unlicensed private investigator.

I intentionally made Nathan biracial because I wanted to make him a metaphor for the complex relationship between blacks and whites in the South. He is a symbol of the ultimate fear of racists and the dream of a society unfettered from racism. Of course that dream is just that. A dream. So Nathan is our guide through a torturous landscape of intolerance and prejudice. I gave him a military background because growing up I knew a lot of men and women in my small town who joined the military not only because of a desire to serve and express their patriotism but also as a way out of our poverty stricken hamlet. The military was a ladder out of perdition. I wanted Nathan to express some of that sentiment but in a respectful and sensitive way so that the reader could see themselves in his shoes when he left Queen County for the Marines. I chose the Marines because a good friend of mine had served for ten years and his stories about the martial mindset inspired a good deal of Nathan’s values. Finally I had him work at a funeral home because my day job is at a funeral home. I wanted to give people a glimpse into an industry that is often misunderstood. All these elements are in Nathan’s DNA. I hope they make him a good character and an interesting hero.

My Darkest Prayer

Whether it's working at his cousin's funeral home or tossing around the local riff raff at his favorite bar, Nathan Waymaker is a man who knows how to handle the bodies. A former Marine and Sheriff's deputy, Nathan has built a reputation in his small Southern town as a man who can help when all other avenues have been exhausted. When a local minister with grandiose ambitions is found dead, Nathan is approached by his parishioners who feel the local police are dragging their feet with the investigation. What starts out as an easy payday soon descends into a maze of mayhem filled with wannabe gangsters, vicious crime lords, porn stars, crooked police officers and a particularly treacherous preacher and his mysterious wife. Nathan must use all his varied skills and some of his wit to navigate the murky waters of small town corruption even as dark secrets of his own threaten to come to the surface.

Read an excerpt:
The Cove had once been a small biker bar with a clientele that ranged from convicted felons to soon to be convicted felons. Two years ago, the owner, Ricky Callipher, and his girlfriend had disappeared. The last time anyone ever saw them was after the bar closed one hot and sticky Friday night in June. They had been observed at the gas station at the corner of Rt.198 and Rt.14. Most people thought they had run out of town ahead of debts. Both legal and otherwise. Word on the street was they had run afoul of some boys who went by the regionally influenced sobriquet of the “Dixie Mafia.” The local grapevine postulated they would show up one day after the heat had died down. I didn’t think so. A week before Ricky and his lady had gone missing I ran into my friend Skunk in town. I knew Skunk sometimes did some freelance work for the Dixie boys. If they had sent Skunk after Ricky, you could probably cancel Ricky’s newspaper subscription.

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About SA Cosby

S.A. Cosby is a writer whose work has been published in numerous magazine and anthologies. His story "Slant-Six" received an honorable mention in Best Mystery Stories of 2016. His life experiences include being a retail manager, a bouncer, a forklift driver, a landscaper, a roadie, a construction worker, a mortuary attendant, and he once wore a cow suit when he worked for Chik Fil-A. He majored in English at Christopher Newport University and now lives in Gloucester, Virginia.


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Mother of the Chosen by Janeal Falor

Welcome to the blog tour for Mother of the Chosen by Janeal Falor. You can take a sneak peek into this title, as well as take a look at the rest of the series. Please leave comments and questions for the author and remember to follow the tour for more chances to enter the giveaway!

Mother of the Chosen

Adriella is pregnant with the child she's always wanted.

She can't wait to share the joy with her husband. Prophecy has other plans. The countryside is a ablaze with rumors of a soon-to-be-born child who will destroy the High King.

A royal decree demands the death of any child who could threaten the throne, including Adriella's unborn baby. Worse, her husband is one of the soldier's enlisted to carry out the king's demands.

Now Adriella must keep her secret and flee, rather than celebrate with her spouse.

With the High King's men searching for anyone who defies him, the country is full of grieving parents, and the streets run red with the blood of the innocents. Adriella knows her chances of survival are slim, but she'll sacrifice everything to stay one step ahead of the law.

If she can't evade capture, she'll lose the one thing more precious to her than her own life—her child.

Book One of her Mother of the Chosen series.

Read an excerpt:
Candui glanced around before she leaned close and whispered, “You’re pregnant, aren’t you?”

The blood rushed from my head.

“You’re so pale,” she said. “It’s true, isn’t it? You’re going to have a baby. You and Richart have been trying for so long…”

“N—no. It’s such shocking news. That’s all.” She couldn’t know, not if I was to protect the life of my child.

Then another thought hit me. Richart, my husband, worked for the zasin. The high king’s army. He was well-ranked, and even better regarded, especially for someone only twenty-eight years old. Our town was mostly controlled by him. He would be the first person to turn me in. My baby would die.

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About Janeal Falor

Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. She loves both reading and writing fantasy--with romance, always romance. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, dating her husband, or drinking hot chocolate.




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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rachel Brimble, author of A Rebel at Pennington's, on her Writing Journey

Welcome to the book tour for A Rebel at Pennington's by Rachel Brimble. Rachel has been featured here on this blog, as well as some of my other sites, a few times over the past several years. Today she is telling us about her writing journey. You also get a sneak peek into her latest book. If you follow the tour you can read even more excerpts and learn more about Rachel and her books. Plus you get extra chances to enter the great giveaway!

My Writing Journey…. Rachel Brimble

I have wanted to write ever since reading The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton when I was around eight or nine. I would make up stories and bind the pages together with coloured ribbon. I wish so much that I’d kept my first novels!

From this young age, I wrote on and off for a few years, but it wasn’t until I found my first Harlequin romance around the age of fourteen that romance (and women’s fiction) became my passion. I vowed after I’d finished reading my first romance that I would get a book of my own published one day.

Of course, that didn’t happen for a LONG time…

I left school at sixteen and started work in a bank. A couple of years later I met and fell in love with my husband…life happened, marriage happened, kids happened. I was happy at home, but it was when my second daughter was born that I had my ‘now or never’ moment.

Starting with short stories, I had a little success online and in women’s magazines. When it was time for my daughter to start school full-time, I knew it wouldn’t be long before my husband asked me what I was going to do…I needed the answer ready. Write a novel!

That was in 2005 and, in 2007, The Wild Rose Press published my first romantic suspense, Searching For Sophie. From 2007 until 2012, I had at least one novel published by them and other small presses every year, sometimes more.

The dream started to manifest properly when I had books accepted by both Harlequin Superromance and eKensington in 2012. I went on to write eight books for Harlequin (The Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances for eKensington up until 2017.

While I was waiting for a decision from Harlequin on books nine and ten, I received a blanket email from them informing me (and the other Superromance authors) that the line would be closing in June and with immediate effect for new submissions. I was thrown into a tailspin. What now? Who would I write for? Would anyone else accept my work?

I had written the first book in what I hoped would be a brand-new Edwardian series, but my American agent hadn’t had any luck placing it and my UK agent was unsure if it was right for the UK market. So, sometime in late 2017, I woke up having made the decision that from now on, it was up to me to decide my fate. Not an agent, a publisher or anyone else. I had to get full control (as much as possible) of what I wanted to write and for whom. So, I went separate ways with both my agents and went out on my own.

I submitted the Edwardian book to Aria Fiction who I’d been watching for a while and had an instinct they would be a right fit for the book. I submitted it via their online portal and within four weeks, an editor called me back offering me a contract for The Mistress of Pennington’s (book 1 in the Pennington’s Department Store series) and three more books.

I was ecstatic!

Since then, I have written the second book, A Rebel At Pennington’s, and have just finished the first draft of the third (which I hope will release in the Autumn).

The biggest lesson my journey has taught me is to listen to your instinct, whether good or bad. That is your passion—your calling—trying to get your attention. It means what you are feeling, or thinking, is the right thing for you to act on.

I love my job and already excited about the two new series ideas I have bubbling away. I plan to write bigger and better books for as long as I am able.

Rachel x

A Rebel at Pennington's

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington's Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women's progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.

When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists' determination to secure the vote.

Will Esther's rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

Read an excerpt:

She looked towards Lawrence.

He softly studied her, and her cheeks warmed. The way he looked at her inferred he was equally moved by Mrs Hadley’s sadness. Esther looked away. He, too, was widowed. Had he and his wife once shared the same love that Grace Hadley spoke of?

Shamed by the jolt of jealousy that shot through her, Esther walked to stand behind a pillar that blocked Lawrence’s sight of her but gave her full view of Mrs Hadley. A familiar sense of unworthiness knotted Esther’s stomach. If Lawrence understood Grace Hadley’s words and sorrow, then, he too, must have known deep and meaningful love.

She would never be enough to compete with such a ghost. Would never be enough to be with a man who bore such longing for a person he’d lost. If she listened to her body and how it so treacherously reacted to Lawrence, her attraction to him would only end badly when the moment came that she’d inevitably held something of herself back.

She could not forgo everything she had built. Somehow, she had to find the strength to fight the temptation of Lawrence’s gaze and quash the yearning to see him again…to see his children again. The emotions he’d evoked in her proved her capable of feeling. Something she had doubted for so very long. Her meeting him had been worth that, at least.

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About Rachel Brimble

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018 with book two coming February 2019.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers from all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website:





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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mage Tales Prequels by Ilana Waters

Welcome to the book blast for The Mage Tales Prequels by Ilana Waters. Please enjoy an excerpt from this urban fantasy before you download your own copy. Follow the tour for even more excerpts and chances to win the two giveaways. Remember to leave questions and comments for the author as well!

Mage Tales Prequels

From USA Today bestselling author Ilana Waters:

Vampire. Witch. Hero. Monster.

Titus Aurelius is all of these things. Ever since he rose from the ashes of ancient Pompeii, this former Roman general has fought for survival.

A few millennia later, bloodseeker Titus isn’t looking for trouble—just a quick meal. But when his path crosses the witch Abigail’s, that plan gets shot to Hades. They find out the Paranormal Investigation Agency (PIA) is plotting something monstrous—something that involves exploding gas mains, lethal bird-shifters, and sadistic vampire minions.

Will they uncover the PIA’s murderous secret before every supernatural in its path is destroyed?

And what is Titus and Abigail’s connection to the mage who, almost twenty years later, is exiled to a paranormal boarding school? Can this mage solve a mystery concerning a stolen potion and ghostly figure before students—including him—wind up dead?

Together for the first time, the Mage Tales Prequels: Books 0-II are action-packed, edge-of-your-seat suspense stories shot through with a megadose of snark. If you love authors like Kevin Hearne, Lev Grossman, and Ilona Andrews, give these a try! This box set contains one novella and two full-length novels:

When Darkness Falls
Blood and Magic
Mage Lessons

Read an excerpt:
From Blood and Magic:

Abigail knew it would take more. They had to make the current even stronger. What was it Mom said about never dropping a hair dryer in the bathtub? She was about to do the equivalent—on a much larger scale.

I need you, she thought to the sky, the sea. The whole world. To magic, to energy, to life itself. We need you. Come to us!

The rain hit the ship like a meteor. Waves rose up over the sides. Tunnels of water bore down. The ship lurched violently from side to side. Abigail rose in the air a little so she wouldn’t fall onto the deck. The sound of thunder filled her ears.

But that was nothing compared to the fireworks of electricity coming from the net. The addition of the rain had made it absolutely lethal. The wind blew Cunningham’s hair and clothes behind her, as if she were standing in front of a giant fan. She fought not to go backward into the web of death, and even managed to advance several steps. Abigail’s heart hammered against her chest. Blood raced like quicksilver through her veins.

“She’s getting away!” Abigail shrieked. “Dammit, Titus, do something!”

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About Ilana Waters

Hi! I'm Ilana Waters, USA Today bestselling author of the Mage Tales.

I write urban fantasy for those who like it fast, funny, and fierce. If you're into cross-blended creatures (think witch-vampire hybrids and half-breed mages) and supernatural ass-kicking, I'm all over that. Ditto if your book turn-ons are equal parts creepy and action-packed (think ancient cities and crypts combined with beheadings and bombs).

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review of Millionaire B&B by Robin Daniels

Welcome to the book blast for Millionaire B&B by Robin Daniels. This is the third book of hers that I have read and I absolutely loved it! Please enjoy an excerpt as well as my review. You can follow the tour for even more reviews and excerpts. Please leave questions and comments for Robin along the way and take advantage of extra chances to enter the giveaway!

Millionaire B&B

Sadie is a successful romance author. She can write a swoon-worthy man with the best of them but can’t seem to find one for herself. Miles is the cute and wealthy heir to Copeland Press, Sadie’s publishing house. It’s hard to find a woman in his social circle who appreciates a down-to-earth book nerd.

When a twist of fate has Miles and Sadie double booked in the same vacation rental, they decide to share the cabin. Even though Miles isn’t Sadie’s type, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. Sadie’s down for a flirty fling, but Miles has other plans. He’s got a huge crush, and just one week to convince Sadie they were meant for a happily ever after.

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Miles set the bowl down and turned to face me. He was wearing a black apron that had red lips all over it and read Kiss the Cook. Underneath the apron were some nicely-fitting jeans and a maroon T-shirt that said something about Gryffindor. “Kiss the Cook, huh? Is that the price for breakfast?”

“No, breakfast is free…but I do accept tips.” He winked, and I shoved a giant strawberry in my mouth to stave off a giggle. Seems I also had a fourteen-year-old girl inside of me who was fighting the horny sixteen-year-old boy for control of my body.

Time to put the ball in his court. “If you plan to cook like this every morning, you should probably just stay for the rest of the week.” It came out sounding more forward than I’d intended. I popped in another grape and held my breath while I chewed. Miles cocked his head to the side, searching my eyes for what felt like minutes. I was starting to feel stupid because I’d just thrown it out there, not bothering with subtlety.

Before I could withdraw my offer, he asked, “Let me get this straight. I can crash your vacation, and the only thing you want in return is breakfast?” His tone held a hint of innuendo, and his mouth tipped up at the corners, making his eyes crinkle.

There’s no way I was reading into that one. I gave him a playful smile and nodded. “Yep. Breakfast is the only fee. Of course, I do accept tips.”

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**My thoughts**
This is my third book by Robin Daniels. It's her first adult novel. I think she needs to write some more.

This one isn't your typical billionaire romance, because it is a little more believable as a millionaire romance. Sadie is a semi-famous romance author. Miles is the millionaire whose family owns the publishing company for whom Sadie writes. Only she doesn't know this. She has never met him. But he has had a crush on her ever since he saw her picture on the back of her book and read her book. He would love to meet her and could totally play the stalker, but refuses to. When they meet, it's a sheer comedic coincidence, but leads to a fantastic romance.

You're also dealing with his crazy ex-girlfriend Whitney. Sadie is up against a deadline. They have amazing chemistry that keeps sizzling as they get to know each other. And I like how they are taking it relatively slowly. 

Sadie is a romantic at heart because of her career. But Miles is also a super romantic. Sadie has dreams about him and romance in general, but he truly has stepped out of the pages of a romance novel. It's not perfect, but it's one that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. I loved every minute of it and didn't want it to end.

About Robin Daniels

Robin is an overgrown child who fancies herself a bit of a comedienne. She loves to laugh, crack jokes, create flirty characters, write witty banter and believes in happy endings. Robin lives outside of Phoenix with her wonderful husband, five crazy kids and naughty labradoodle puppy. Millionaire B&B is her first adult rom-com, but she has six YA titles that are equally fun.





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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hitched by Gina Cole


Jodie Durbin spends her days in front of computer screens and that is the complete opposite of her true persona. Online she’s a hacker, video game guru, and internet sensation. In person, she believes in living a holistic life, and communing with nature. So, when Jodie’s obnoxious roommate bails on a blind date- just as he is knocking on the front door- she steps in to save the day. There is something about this man that draws her towards him as if destined.

Samuel ‘Buddy’ Stevens has been officially friend-zoned.

Samuel is hard-working, ambitious, and simply wants more in his life. He’s tried repeatedly to ask out a local mechanic, Charlotte, only to be shot down more than once. Lonely, he finally agrees to a blind date with Charlotte’s friend, Beth – only to have yet another woman pushed on him. Jodie is everything he’s ever dreamed of in a woman. Delicate, wholesome, ethereal… but there is a spark in her that piques his interest.

Can the good guy finally get the girl of his dreams?
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About Gina Cole

Ginny Sterling is an avid romance writer. Writing under an alternate pen name, Gina Cole- She dabbles in a fantasy world that whisks you away from the daily doldrums of reality with steamy contemporary and time travel romances. Her Bride series throws fate to the wind, bringing together two hearts...whereas her Timeless Brides series is more like a crash course in life, somewhere in the past, with a Hunka-hunka burning love.

Each book written is sure to be an adventure designed to bring laughter and love to your heart!

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Sixth Key by Sue Perkins

Welcome to the book blast for The Sixth Key by Sue Perkins! As always, please enjoy an excerpt before you download your copy. Follow the tour and be sure to also enter the giveaway!

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The Sixth Key

Kidnapped, taken to another planet - how much worse can Riley's life get?

The kidnapper is her boyfriend Jothur and Sacral is his home planet. The castle inhabitants are psychic, mainly telepaths, and they are at odds with the Mutes in the forest. The psychics' plan is to discover how Riley blocks her thoughts. This will help them completely eradicate the Mutes who are a mixture of free telepaths and non-telepaths.

Riley seeks help from the Mutes and meets Tynan, their leader. She hopes he will help her escape the tests the telepaths want to do. Instead she discovers the magic of Sacral is dying due to an imposter being on the throne.

Riley and Tynan work together to discover the real king and place him on the throne. Part of the plan relies on Riley returning to the castle to delve for more information. Will she survive or will her mind be torn apart by the tests?

Read an excerpt:
“Can you ride?” Zlora interrupted her thoughts.

“Horses? Yes, I’ve ridden before.” Riley neglected to mention she based her riding experience on a brief holiday on a dude ranch. Thank goodness I wore trousers to work today.

A vacant look appeared in Zlora’s eyes again. Riley stood quietly, not wanting to interrupt the huntress. After a few moments Zlora relaxed and looked up at the sky. Riley followed her gaze to an empty sky. What was the huntress looking for? A smudge at treetop level quickly turned into –.

Riley stared in disbelief. Two flying horses headed in their direction. She gulped nervously. Zlora had asked about riding – not flying. Her novice experience might have been able to cope on the ground, but flying through the sky with so much space below her? What about the gravity itching to drag her down to earth? A shudder of apprehension passed through her.

The flying horses landed and pawed the ground. Up close they looked completely different than the horses of Earth. They were twice the height of a normal stallion, but much finer boned. Once they had landed, the wings folded neatly along their sides. A glorious black stallion and a delicate golden-brown mare stood before her. Both sets of wings were pure white.

The black lifted his head and looked at her. Riley’s eyes opened wide as his fierce gaze fixed intently on her.

I hope he’s not my mount. He looks mean.

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About Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins emigrated to New Zealand in the 1980s. A few years later she took a creative writing course, then started writing novels and short stories. Despite rejections from several publishers Sue persevered and in 2006 she won the Pacific Region of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Short Story Competition. The following year her first romance novel was published.

In the intervening years Sue has had ebook and paperback novels published for middle grade, young adult and adults, mainly in the fantasy genre. Dragons and magic are her favourite subjects in fantasy, but ghosts are also making their appearance in her young adult books.

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Sue Perkins will be awarding a PDF ebook of The Sixth Key to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Anna in the Museum by Victoria Strong

Anna in the Museum

An uptight family legacy. A museum with watching eyes. An unexpected romance.

Cold and stern like a statue in his museum, Thomas Hearst isn’t prepared for the new intern. She’s nothing like the perfection of a portrait nor the ageless art which graces the museum walls. Romance isn’t part of Tom’s plan - should he push her away, like he does with everyone else?

Anna hates Tom’s demanding expectations, but she’s determined to gain his approval. She might not fit into his perfectly ordered world, but she refuses to fail. Soon, Anna sees the smallest nod of appreciation, perhaps even a hint of attraction. Should Anna ignore her desires, or give the statues something to talk about as she pursues him?

Perhaps a touch of Anna is just what Tom needs.